Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 8: 10K walk in historic Grants Pass. Meet for registration and to get acquainted at 9.45 a.m. in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place on 7th Street. For details, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, March 22: 10K Ashland Town Walk. Group will meet for registration at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot at Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. A 5K option will be available. For details, call 541-245-9356.
Applegate Trails Association
Saturday, March 22: Moderate to difficult, two-mile hike to Isabelle Mountain Peak or (optional) Isabelle Springs Trail. Hikers will meet at the Bunny Meadows staging area on Forest Creek Road at 9 a.m. For details, Contact David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.applegatetrails.org.
Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, March 15: SUTA holds trail work parties from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The next work party will address the area from Tunnel Ridge to Little Applegate. RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to come so group can organize our work and food. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Meet at Buncom at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to Tunnel Ridge. Wear gloves, bring loppers, saws if you have them. For details, see http://sutaoregon.org.
Tar 'N Trail
Saturday, March 8: A 6-mile race over a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and the side streets of Ashland begins at 8 a.m. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Saturday, March 15: Annual 5-mile race begins at 9 a.m. at Crater High School in Central Point. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Saturday, March 15: Easy 5K run/walk in Eagle Point starts at 9 a.m. at Eagle Point Community Bible Church, 27 S. Shasta. Strollers are welcome. See active.com for registration and additional details, or see www.facebook.com/events/201986916668503
Forest Park Run
Saturday, March 22: The 5K and 10K runs begin at 10 a.m. in Forest Park, which is off Reservoir Road outside Jacksonville. The 5K is 90 percent singletrack and 10 percent gravel roads in a single loop, with two climbs totaling less than 800 feet. The 10K uses the 5K course but adds a third climb on trail before descending to the finish. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact David Chapman at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
A Vulture Way of Life
Saturday, March 8: Presentation by Brandon Breen of Klamath Bird Observatory, who studied turkey vultures for his master's thesis in conservation biology. The talk, at Grange Co-op's Pet Country Store, 2833 N. Pacific Highway, Medford, is a fundraiser for KBO. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Laura at 541-245-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Space is limited, registration recommended.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, March 29: Pepper Trail will lead a birding trip to Iron Gate Reservoir and Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area in Northern California. The group will bird by car along the Klamath River and at Iron Gate, and there will also be a short hike (less than 2 miles) on level dirt roads in the Horseshoe Ranch area. Species found on this trip could include Lewis' woodpeckers, bald and golden eagles, rock and canyon wrens, Townsend's solitaire and various waterfowl and grebes. Meet at 8 a.m. in the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland to organize carpooling. Group will return in mid-afternoon. Bring lunch and beverages.
Wednesday, April 2: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, email@example.com). Contact him if you are willing to help.
Saturday, April 19: Anne Goff will lead a half-day bird walk at Cantrall-Buckley Park. Meet and park at the Ruch Store at 8:15 a.m. for a carpool to the park, which has an entrance fee unless you have a Jackson County Parks parking permit. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Party at Jacksonville Woodlands
Saturday, March 22: Volunteers will remove English ivy along Jackson Creek in Jacksonville from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek just outside of Jacksonville. Snacks and gloves will be provided. Come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes, preferably boots. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. For information, call 541-482-3069. To get there, head west on Highway 238 from downtown Jacksonville about 0.8 miles past Pair-A-Dice Road. The Jackson Creek parking lot is on the left. The parking lot is opposite Reserv